Battle of Midway, Royal Mo Work
Battle of Midway, with 40 points, ranks well enough to make the Kentucky Derby. Today he went four furlongs in 48.40 under Edgar Rodriguez for Jerry Hollendorfer, who termed it a maintenance work.
Royal Mo’s three furlong effort didn't make official worktab, which has a cutoff time of 39.80 for that distance. With Gary Stevens in the irons, Royal Mo was timed in just over 41 seconds, with a quarter mile clocking of more than 27 seconds.
“He didn’t go too fast, but it’s no big deal,” said trainer John Shirreffs. “Gary wanted to work him to become more familiar with him. Normally, I’d put my exercise rider on him, but this is something Gary likes to do.”
Royal Mo has 30 Kentucky Derby points and currently ranks 24th on the points leaderboard unless Conquest Mo Money is supplemented, in which case he'd rank 25th.
“The points are out of our control, but we’ll keep training him with the Kentucky Derby in mind and try to stay on course,” Shirreffs said.
Shirreff’s other Kentucky Derby candidate, Santa Anita Derby winner Gormley, worked three furlongs Saturday in 37.80. He has more than enough points to get in.
Edited Santa Anita release